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New wearable system monitors construction workers’ body temperature

June 17, 2020

During the hot summer months, construction workers are among those at the highest risk of heat exhaustion, according to OSHA, especially when working outdoors on roofing or roadway projects.

Using the patch system, workers can track and follow their own biometric data, including body temperature and heart rate, while safety supervisors see real-time data and alerts, Kenzen said.

Although not designed to specifically monitor a possible coronavirus-related infection, Lehmann said the sensor indicates when a worker’s body temperature is elevated. A safety manager can then use context to decide if the raised body temperature resulted from fever or from heat-related conditions.

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